Like Taveras, Jurickson Profar thrived this past season as a 19-year-old in Double-A. Everything the shortstop does on the field is electric, and there’s still room to improve. A switch-hitter with the ability to hit for average and power from both sides of the plate, Profar batted .281/.368/.452 with 47 extra-base hits, 16 stolen bases and 79/66 K/BB in 126 games, and, as usual, was excellent defensively.
He was ultimately promoted from Double-A to the major leagues in September and posted a .647 OPS in 17 at-bats. With a flair for the dramatic, Profar launched a no-doubt home run in his first big league at-bat, and singled as a pinch-hitter in the American League wild-card play-in game.
Although there’s no place for him on the Rangers’ infield until at least the 2014 season, it’s already clear how much the organization values the 19-year-old considering the aggressive late-season promotion, and it’s difficult to see him not factoring into their 2013 plan.